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Friday, May 19, 2017

Pray for Families (Prayer as a Launch Pad)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Families are a lot like granola, aren’t they?  You have the nuts, the sweet ones, the seedy ones, the fruity ones, those shriveled like raisins, and those who seem a little hardened.  Who would think they would blend, but together they make an wonderful combination! When we are around those who are different than us, we are forced out of our comfort zone into a place of uneasiness, or perhaps confusion. Disarmed, we are commanded by our Lord only to do only one thing: Love. Nothing more, nothing less; we are called to love as He loved.

But loving is hard you say as you list a 100 reasons why. 

The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  1 John 3:16

Perhaps all we need to do is contemplate Christ’s passion and where we would be without the gift of His love, the gift of salvation.  He showed us what pure, self-giving sacrifice for another looks like. Loving now gets a bit easier, as we realize our self-sacrifice is quite small in comparison.

Pray and put into practice loving each family member and each relative, with the intent to mirror Christ’s love to them.  You may be surprised by the result.   

May the spoken words of my mouth, the thoughts of my heart win favor in your sight, O Lord. Psalm 19:15

Peace, Joy, and Love,

All good things launch from prayer.  Pray for the one you pass this on to!